Realised that I’ve blogged this up last year like nearly 2 weeks earlier. But anyways, I’ve kind of redeemed presents from you guys as and when already, haha. So anyways, as a recap, or as just a blog update, I’m going to post the wanted list here, it’s not a long one, cuz I really can’t think of anything else I need / want that I haven’t got it myself yet:
– Booked by Oi Oi And Lynnette. 1 big + 1 small, I’m really looking forward to this since it’s like the first time I finally have the bigger rabbit.
One cherry blossom cushion on the bottom of the right picture and the white with flower patterns rabbit in the middle in the first picture incoming from Olivia.
And the stupid thing was that I didn’t ask to get the cushion for the white with flowers. So yup, this is like the only thing on my wish list which is not taken:
*Updated* booked by PC already, heh.
Moving on, and this scheduler is booked by Eileen:
That’s it that’s it. Nothing much, all my cravings are on Craftholic now haha.
I’ve finally tried to be a tourist in my own country by going to a famous (not sure is it really famous, I’m going to say yes because I’m trying to be a positive person) tourism spot – Gardens by the Bay.
The admission fee is 20 bucks for Singaporeans and PR. I’m not sure if it’s considered expensive, because I’m considering the full blast air con they offered in both the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. We had to walk a sunny trail from Bayfront MRT to the Gardens, I was sweating so much I already felt like putting my tongue out of my mouth to relieve the heat in my body. I felt like a stick of butter melting while walking.
So when we finally reached the dome, I don’t really think about the 20 bucks anymore. The air con was so nice, I didn’t even care about the crowds of people that day, which is a big deal for me since I hate people crowds so much.
Okay, yea, it’s not big-bang-concert-full kind of crowd. There is enough space for you to walk freely, so it was okay. You could have break dance on the floor or start doing a swan lake ballet, there is enough space for those kind of things.
And we spent a lot of time in Flower Dome, compared to Cloud Forest which we pretty much just walked through the whole thing and didn’t take many pictures. My theory is that there are a lot more flowers to take in Flower Dome than Cloud Forest, so when we were inside the Forest thing, there are only very little flowers in comparison and thus I really didn’t take any pictures.
Our 3-person group mainly consists of:
– 1 photo director
– 2 super models
Oi Oi was mainly trying to take artistic pictures, while the other 2 of us are just snapping pictures everywhere and giggling around. The best part was when the director requested me to do something like this:
#1 – The controversial picture where people kept asking me if I’ve slimmed down. The sad thing however was that, this picture is more like pose + angle thing, I didn’t slim down that much. And by the way, I was staring into blankness in this picture because I was wearing Lynnette’s sunglasses, and I was pretty much seeing low-definition images, and pixels mainly.
#2 – And this, I was staring at a large aloe vera / big cactus thingy.
#3 – I was staring at a piece of leaf dangling from a tree / fern nearby. There’s one where my head is lodged perfectly in the mouth of the lion, but Lynnette is inside doing this stupid thing with me and she will hit me if I post it. By the way, this is the most embarrassing one especially when there might be people walking past and see this crazy dudette.
#4 – Staring off into the distant sky.
Halfway through all of these I’m suddenly thinking why is super model #2 – Lynnette not doing all these artistic poses.
Anyways, life move on. So let’s move on and see the other flowers. I think if one day we’re going museum, me and Lynnette will be the one fooling around while Oi Oi will try her very best to look very serious, okay, maybe she is, and that makes me feel like dragging her down. LOL. (Yes, I’m that kind of 死小孩)
The moment when we enter the Flower Dome, and immediately saw this:
Which totally looks like those brown scrub thing you used to wash stains off woks or if you use it to clean the sink area. I’ve took a picture of those in Japan so you can understand what I’m saying:
And then Lynnette pointed a potted plant to me that looked like… Well, you will know what it looked like when you saw the picture:
If I see an art piece that looked like this shape, I really don’t think, I can not laugh at the sight of this. Maybe Oi Oi can write a literature essay for this kind of.. shape of thing. Since she did so for a Exorcism of Emily Rose-ish kind of picture before, which for the hell of me unable to find that article now. I wonder if I still remember where’s the 3D S** and Zen post is at which year.
And I like this dragon statute made of wood the most, I’m using the director’s picture since hers is taken the nicest yos:
On a closer look:
I don’t know why but when I look at this photo and I wanna laugh:
All in all, it was a fun day. And it’s the first time I’ve seen Oi Oi eat that much and it’s fascinating.
I’ve ranted this to a lot of people already about the fulfilling event that happened yesterday. It was a battle with the things I fear the most… Hold on, maybe ghosts come before them, my most feared things should be horror things, followed by cockroaches.
I’ve came a long way with cockroaches, and apparently now that I looked back at this blog history, I’ve blogged a few times about them before:
“A Living Nightmare” tops all the other encounters I had with cockroaches. Followed by an incident which happened in the office sometime 1 year back, I had a cockroach crawled onto my toes. Actually I can still recall the sensation, you will feel like there’s a few legs tickling on your skin, it’s like a rapid movements of a few legs, and the area it covered is quite big, so I haven’t felt anything like this with any other creature yet, so it’s … very identifiable when you just feel it with your skin.
The truth is no matter which circumstances with the goddamn-thing cockroach on my arm or on my leg, I have never screamed. Yeah, I’m pretty proud of it, I’m really a no-scream person, I jumped a little and my body jerked, or I’ll have sudden movements, but I usually don’t scream. I have a theory though, I think it’s because of my lower-frequency voice, the sound just don’t come out of me when anything happens, can you imagine a low-frequency scream. “Ahhhhhhhhhhh~~~~” (in bass mode).
I jumped when there’s suddenly something jumping towards the screen.
I jumped when there’s sudden noises.
Hell, I’ll even jump when my brother sneezes, but in my defense, when he sneezes, I felt like the decibel in the room rose from a 30 to a 170. So yeah, it’s really loud.
Back to the main point. I have this floor chair at home:
So… These few days my parents went to Hong Kong, so they will only be back at home tomorrow late afternoon, and I had some air-con time to myself. So I pulled this thingy to my brother’s room on Tuesday late evening so I can sit on the floor and watch some show on my computer or read my comics when listening to music.
The horror was when I came into the room the next day and then I saw that filthy creature cockroach behind the chair. I’d like to think that it died on its own and not because I smashed it to death with my butt, thank you very much. The main point is that, it was upside down, though the legs are still moving. I moved the chair back to its original place in the living room, and went straight to the kitchen to get Baygon.
Funny story. We have like 3 Baygons at home. But apparently 2 are empty and I don’t know why none of us bothered to throw it away (neither did I), so I went to get 1 and came back.
Took off the can’s cap.
Nothing came out.
I threw the can into the rubbish chute and banged the chute shut out of anger and took the second can.
Tried pressing on it, nothing came out.
Got fed up and throw it into the rubbish chute and finally took out the last Baygon can, and it finally worked.
I rushed back to the room and spray the Baygon on the cockroach for about 5 seconds. I then went to put back the Baygon and went back to the room to sit down and continued watching my shows. Every other minute, I will turn back to look at the cockroach to see if it’s still moving. I felt like I was playing those children game, where you count to a certain number and look back, and everybody will freeze so that they won’t get caught.
I complained to Lynnette, who is as calm as usual and cannot understand the panic I’m totally feeling at the moment, and at the same time frantically complained to Olivia, who then ask me what am I going to do next. Then I was telling both of them that the legs are still moving to which Lynnette answered me, “Tmi” – too much information. Feeling alone and seriously disgusted, I used about 30 minutes to muster all my courage before getting the broom and the dustpan.
I nudged the broom against the cockroach to see if it’s still alive. Because if I swept it into the dustpan, and it starts moving, I WILL go crazy.
And when the broom touched the cockroach, all the hairs on my right hand stood up. I took a deep breath, or probably a few more deep breaths and swept it into the dustpan. With that, I walked really quick to the kitchen (almost running) and threw that thing into the rubbish chute and kicked it close.
Clearing the Baygon trails here was not hard. So I cleaned the floor soon after.
If my life were a game of World of Warcraft, there will be an achievement popping out saying:
50 – Cleared a cockroach
20 – Cleared the baygon trail
That was not the end of the ordeal. The worst is to come in 6 hours time when I went into the kitchen and I saw another cockroach on the stove, somewhere near the controls. Then I spotted a dead teenager one behind the dish stand, but the one on the stove has the highest priority, so I focused on that then. Actually at that moment, I was thinking of leaving the teenager cockroach there since it’s more of in a place that I generally won’t see, I was prepared to tell my parents on Friday when they come back that there’s a dead cockroach there.
Going back to the live one, I took out the Baygon already and sprayed a little on it, mainly because I’m not sure if it’s still alive or not, it’s just sitting there not moving.
And then it moved when I start spraying Baygon on it. It moved a little and drop on the floor with a “thud” sound. Because this is a live one, I sprayed on it for a good 8-9 seconds to make sure that it’s really dead. It moved around in circles and started crawling in my direction, but quite slowly, and then it found a good spot / or it’s already about to die and stayed in a corner.
I then proceed to bath.
All the while opening my eyes and staring at the little space under the door.
I refused to close my eyes.
I closed a little when the shampoo got into my eyes, I wiped it off and force my eyes to open with sheer willpower.
When I got out of the showers, the cockroach is there, but the horrifying thing is that it’s not in an upside-down state. Afraid that it’s still not dead, I took out the Baygon again and sprayed a little on it to see if it will budge.
Nope, not moving. And it’s still not in a upside-down state.
I left the kitchen lights on and rushed back to my room. I wanted to ask Oi Oi for her many years of expertise on cockroaches. She’s the only one I know who have actually smacked cockroaches with just magazine before, so I wanted to ask her if she thinks the cockroach is dead.
I messaged her in the group conversation. No one replied, Lynnette didn’t reply either.
I called Oi Oi on her mobile. No response.
I messaged Eileen earlier on but there was no response from her all day, so I didn’t send a second response.
I messaged Olivia, but she didn’t respond yet.
And then I felt abandoned by the world.
I tried to google “is a cockroach dead if it’s not upside down”.
And I googled “dead cockroach not upside down”.
And then I googled “how to know if a cockroach is dead if it’s not upside down”.
And a few more other phrases with similar meaning.
All the results came out with something like “Why do cockroaches flip over when they die?”.
I couldn’t find the answers I needed.
I clicked back to FaceBook and stared at the group conversation anxiously, waiting for some response from the other end.
Olivia responded. She told me to go to sleep and close the door and check it out tomorrow instead. I felt that it was a good idea, but I cannot sleep peacefully knowing that there’s a cockroach that could be alive in the kitchen, and some people say Baygon sometimes only knock them out.
Indeed desperation drives people to do the almost-impossible. I went to take out the broom and dustpan again and nudged the broom against the cockroach again. This was scarier than the afternoon one, I felt like the right side of my body is numb when I do that. And nope, I’m not suffering from a stroke.
It didn’t move. But it’s still not in the upside-down state.
Taking another 2-3 deep breaths or sighs, I sweep that thing into the dustpan, and I screamed a little (yeah, apparently I can scream.), not the very loud, I-saw-a-sadako kind, but a softer kind, more like a whimper. Because I saw grey bubbles left behind the trail that it was swept, I even took a picture so you all can feel the horror I was in.
It’s not very clear though, but it’s ultra horrifying for me.
Threw the cockroach in the rubbish chute and kick it close again. Then I went back into the room and tried motivating myself to clear the Baygon trail. It took 40 minutes, or around there.
I ended up taking 2 pieces of wet tissues, 6-7 pieces of normal tissues, stack them together and started wiping. After finishing wiping up the trails. I felt like.. Things have already come down to this, I might as well just clear the one behind the wash stand.
So I cleared it. With a broom and the dustpan. I couldn’t do it with my hand even with 20 layers of tissue.
Threw in the rubbish chute, kicked it close again.
I’ve been through so much. I’ve practically leveled up 5 times yesterday with these.
“The scary thing is that it didn’t flip, I’m not sure if it’s dead or not!”
“So. did you just leave it there?”
“Nope, I went back to take Baygon and sprayed some more on it, I want to make sure that it’s really dead.”
I feel like there’s a lot of posts there are long past overdue, but recently I kinda doesn’t really blog that often. Since I’m now kinda free and unemployed, I will try to blog more often xD
So after I came back from Taiwan, I have cut my hair shorter to about shoulder’s length, actually I’ve went as much as I could have, cuz my exact instructions to the hairdresser is that “just cut as much as you can as long I can still tie it up”. Anyways, so I haven’t been tying my hair for the first few days since there’s lesser hair and people started telling me that I look nicer.
That’s the moment when I realised that I actually do have different taste from people, because I’m the only one who really think putting my hair down make my hair look like the manes of a lion. After constant reassurance from different friends and ex-colleagues that my hair looks nicer when not tied, I finally give in and don’t tie my hair as often and recently I’m thinking of just getting it shorter instead, cuz it’s getting hotter and I can’t resist not tying it any longer.
After some time of letting my hair goes wherever they feel like, I realised that, it’s not easy to let down your hair. Everytime when I’m walking on the streets and looking at the girls with long hair, I’m just thinking, “how do they manage that?”. It’s not easy to really not be conscious about your hair, because the wind doesn’t always blow in your favour, and from these past weeks of experience I’ve gone through, I think the wind often blow in the wrong direction, and my hair is always flying in all different kind of directions.
Even when the wind is do blowing face-front, the image of how I think I look like in other people’s eyes is probably like this:
Even when walking down the stairs, I feel like I look a shorter-hair sadako.
The only consoling thing is probably that I don’t wear dress / skirt thingy, contrary to what is seen often on magazines / websites / television / anywhere else, seriously this kind of image will only happen if you have like dozen of crew members helping to set up the scene.
(plus the horse)
(and do you realise that while the dress is flying in a super nice way, the hair is super still)
(this really cannot be done in real life)
If one is to walk on the beach with her hair down, I think she can only keep walking in 1 direction (where the wind is blowing from her front), and probably just kept walking down that path / facing in that direction.